International Disaster Response: Rebuilding the Quad? New Views From the Next Generation Book Launch

In 2004, Australia, India, Japan, and the U.S. worked together to respond to the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami. In 2007, they formed the Quad, seeking to deepen their cooperation, only to disband after only a year. Now that it has met again, could the Quad become a new platform for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief? In this new collection of policy briefs, emerging researchers from each of the Quad nations examine the potential benefits and challenges of rebuilding the Quad to focus on disaster response. Lunch will be provided.


YASUHITO JIBIKI, Assistant Professor, International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University. Yasuhito Jibiki, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University. He previously served as Project Assistant Professor at the Center for Integrated Disaster Information Research at the University of Tokyo. His research focuses on disaster risk reduction, efforts by states in adopting international norms, and these states’ development of original standardization systems.

PAMELA KENNEDY, Research Associate, East Asia Program, Stimson Center. Pamela Kennedy is a Research Associate with the Stimson Center’s East Asia Program. Her research interests include Northeast Asian international relations, U.S. alliances in Asia, and the role of the U.S. in the Indo-Pacific region.

KATE STEVENSON, Fellow, Australia-Japan Research Centre; Monbukagakusho MEXT Scholar. Kate Stevenson is a recent Australia-Japan Research Centre Fellow and Monbukagakusho MEXT Scholar working in Tokyo as an associate at G.R. Japan, one of Japan’s leading government relations consulting firms. Her research interests include Japanese and international disaster relief, civil-military cooperation, disaster prevention, and regional diplomacy.

YUKI TATSUMI, Director, Japan Program, Stimson Center. Yuki Tatsumi is the Director of the Japan Program and Co-Director of the East Asia Program at the Stimson Center. She is the author of numerous books, monographs, and articles on the Japanese defense establishment, the U.S.-Japan alliance, and security dynamics and challenges in Northeast Asia.

AKRITI VASUDEVA, Research Associate, South Asia Program, Stimson Center. Akriti Vasudeva is a Research Associate with the Stimson Center’s South Asia Program. Her research interests include U.S.-India defense cooperation, geopolitics of South Asia and the Indo-Pacific, and Indian foreign policy.

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